Boxing News At Five | Apr 29 2019

Boxing News at Five: Wilder set for Ortiz and Kownacki after Breazeale, Joshua opponent announced Tuesday

Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua are seemingly being kept apart for the time being, and Joshua's June 1 opponent is set to be announced tomorrow
Deontay Wilder
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IF you naively thought we were going to get the long-awaited fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, the two world heavyweight champions, at some point in 2019, think again.

The fight, a natural one, has been on the back-burner for some time now – as both champions look to make as much money as they can defending their various belts against less threatening contenders – and, according to Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, there is no sign of this changing.

Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion, is set for a US debut on June 1 against a soon-to-be-named replacement opponent, while Wilder, on May 18, will defend his WBC crown against Dominic Breazeale, a man who has already flunked a 2017 title shot against Joshua. Neither fight does much to whet the appetite.